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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Does Age Affect A Man's Skin?

Men's Skin Type Has Nothing To Do With Age

An older man’s skin is different from a younger man’s and that is undeniable. Yet it is a mistake to buy skincare products based on an inaccurate age group. Treating older or younger men’s skin with products supposedly aimed at dealing with specific age categories does not make sense because not every people with "older" or "younger" skin has the same needs, yet it's a trap many men (especially older men) fall into. An older man may have acne, blackheads, eczema, rosacea, sensitive skin, or oily skin, while a younger man may have dry, freckled, or obviously sun-damaged skin. Products designed for older "mature" men’s skin are almost always too emollient and occlusive, and those designed for younger male are almost always too drying. The key issue with skin type needs to be the actual condition of your skin, not your age.

In fact, regardless of age, all skin types for men, young and old, need sun protection, lots of antioxidants, ingredients that mimic skin structure, and cell-communicating ingredients. These types of ingredients are the most important for any male skincare and age doesn't change or alter that in any way. While wrinkles may tend to separate younger from older skin, your skin can still be oily at 60 and you can still struggle with breakouts. Not every man in his 40s, 50s, 60s, or 70s has the same skincare needs. In a way it's simple: You need to pay attention to what is taking place on your skin, and that varies from person to person.

Does Skin Color or Ethnicity Affect Skin Care?

Regardless of your racial background, all men’s skin is subject to a range of problems. While there are some distinctions between varying racial groups when it comes to skin problems and skincare options, overall these differences are minor in comparison to the number of similarities.

What Should Men Not Use In Their Skincare Regime?

Ideally, you should be using products that don't create or strengthen unwanted skin types. Among the offending products are bar soaps and bar cleansers (both can artificially make skin dry and irritated), occlusive moisturizers that can clog pores and make breakouts worse, or skincare products that contain irritating ingredients (redness, inflammation, and flaking) including astringents and toners loaded with alcohol and other potentially irritating ingredients. All of these can wreak havoc on the skin.

In our next discussion, we will help you determine your skin type...

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